Sue - I would definitely like to see your photos!!! Thanks! What would cause such a deformed scape?
I couldn't stand it! I went outside in the dark and drizzling rain and tried to pull up the plant. It would not come up out of the ground. Instead I broke off the leaves and scape (appearing to be attached to those fan leaves). Here are some more photos. Whether or not the leaves are actually part of this scape, I don't know. The scape was indeed coming out from those leaves. The leaves have what looks like rust (no surprise there!), so the leaves are definitely daylily leaves. The scape though I am not sure about. I used a handheld garden fork to try to dig up a possible bulb, but nothing but roots. Perhaps the bulb is further down under the ground? Or perhaps it is actually a deformed daylily plant scape. (I have my doubts!)
Here is the plant before I tried to pull it up. The base of the scape is coming from the leaves where the red arrow is pointing:
Here it is AFTER I removed the scape and leaves. Everything was torn at the base of each piece.:
And here is a close-up of the buds:
Too weird!!! If this is a daylily scape, how on earth does this happen? I did some googling and have not been able to find anything about such a deformity or any crinums that might look like this. Could this be another imported plant from another country or something in my soil or fertilizer causing this if it is actually a daylily? The original scape had perfect blooms as you can see in the photo above.
Edited to add: I put the scape with the deformed buds in a vase of water to see if the blooms open up. If so, I will take photos of what those tubular blooms look like and post them on this thread.